The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH is a fast and optically refined wide-angle prime lens
and a 24mm equivalent lens engineered for Micro Four Thirds digital cameras. Symbolized by its truly bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, the lens is perfect for shooting in low-light situations and also provides a wealth of direction over focus placement for employing shallow depth of field proficiency. The optical design uses two aspherical elements, a pair of ultra extra-low dispersion elements, and a single extra-low dispersion element as a way to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations to create an immense degree of sharpness and clarity edge to edge. An advantage to the optical assets, this lens also
assimilates a smooth and near silent autofocus motor that is deserving of both stills and video capture, and a manual AF/MF switch can apply direct focus mode adjustment for more natural handling. In addition, the lens all-metal construction is also weather-resistant to allow working in harsh environmental environments. Matching up Leica's design legacy with Panasonic's technological creativeness, this versatile wide-angle prime is noted for both its optical merits along with its intuitive handling and contemporary functionality.
Designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital cameras, this wide-angle 12mm f/1.4 lens delivers a 24mm equivalent focal length.
The brilliant f/1.4 maximum aperture is perfect for working in trying and low lighting conditions, and also provides enhanced control over depth of field for selective focusing.
A pair of aspherical elements are included in the lens' design, which help to preserve a compact form factor along with a way to help to diminish spherical aberrations and distortions.
A pair of ultra extra-low dispersion (UED) elements and a single extra-low dispersion (ED) element work to greatly minimize color fringing and chromatic aberrations for enhanced clarity and color fidelity.
The smooth and virtually-silent autofocus performance is ideal for movie recording applications while the fast operation is an advantage for still photography.
A manual aperture ring provides tactile oversight over exposure settings and a dedicated AF/MF switch provides a simple, intuitive means for switching between focusing.
The all metal construction of the lens is durable along with being splash- and dust-resistant when mounted on Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras for working in trying in situations.
A rounded nine-blade diaphragm lend a hand to creating a pleasing bokeh quality when shooting shallow depth of field images.
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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens
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